Carnaby Street Gate

Carnaby Street Gate

A gate design fit for the 21st Century yet reflecting Carnaby’s Streets’ iconic heritage as being the birthplace of swinging London in the 1960’s, with its strong geometric form and bold colours.

The installation has two purposes, a security gate at night but during the day a screen to obscure the properties air control vents. With air flow an important consideration the view of the vents could only be disguised as opposed to fully blocked. The resulting design had a busy open framework, with random infills, to engage and distract the eye from the view beyond. Constructed using highly skilled fabrication techniques, without a weld insight, from polished stainless steel with glass inserts.

BACKGROUND – The gate is part of a building on Carnaby Street within Westminster’s Soho Conservation Area. While being a confident contemporary building, suited to todays retail and office space requirements, the owners wanted it to relate to the context of the street. To achieve this the architect included echoes reflecting the site’s heritage into the new building. For instance, the façade is divided vertically to reflect the three building plots that the new building straddles, and in addition, the windows are split so that one section is stepped back, leaving a front section that imitates Georgian window proportions. The gates, inspired by the strong and colourful geometric patterns of the sixties, added the last and final link to the street’s heritage.